Meanings Assigned by Puerperal Women to Episiotomy

  • Antonia Lívia Rodrigues Sousa Specialist in Obstetrical Nursing, State University of Ceará. Specialist in Family Health, NUTEDS/UFC. Assistance nurse. Granja, Ceara, Brazil
  • Ana Maria Martins Pereira Master in Public Health. Professor at the Nursing Undergraduate Program, Faculty Earth Northeast. Assistance nurse at the Center of Normal Birth. Maracanau, Ceara, Brazil
  • Maiza Claudia Vilela Hipólito Master student of the Faculty of Physical Education of the State University of Campinas. Professor at the National Service of Commercial Training, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Valéria Aparecida Masson PhD in nursing. Coordinator of the Nursing Program of the American Faculty. Professor at the Nursing Course of the Faculty of Jaguariúna and the University of Sao Paulo. Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Ana Carine Arruda Rolim Master in Public Health. PhD student of the Postgraduate Program in Public Health, State University of Campinas. Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Herla Maria Furtado Jorge PhD student of the Postgraduate Program of Obstetrics and Gynecology, State University of Campinas. Professor at the Nursing Undergraduate Program, University of Fortaleza. Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil
  • José Iran Oliveira das Chagas Junior Master in Public Health. Professor at the Nursing Undergraduate Program, Faculty Earth Northeast. Technical Assistant of the Department of Health of Ceará State. Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil
  • Laura Pinto Torres de Melo PhD student of the Postgraduate Program in Clinical Care in Nursing and Health, State University of Ceará. Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil
  • Amanda Soares Regional University of Cariri / Decentralized Unit of Iguatu. Iguatu, Ceara, Brazil
  • Lia Maristela da Silva Jacob Specialist in Obstetrical Nursing, School of Public Health of Ceará. Master of Public Health, University of Fortaleza. Ph.D. in Health Sciences from the Nursing School at the State University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Cláudia Jeane Lopes Pimenta Bachelor of Nursing, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraiba, Brazil.

Abstract

Objective: identify the knowledge and perception of puerperal mothers after completion of routine episiotomy.

Method: this is a descriptive and qualitative study conducted with 13 puerperal mothers in a public hospital in Fortaleza/CE in the month of November 2011, using a previously elaborated interview script. Data were analyzed according to thematic analysis, giving rise to the following category: “Knowledge and perception of puerperal women regarding the episiotomy”.

Result: most women were young, at reproductive phase, outside the formal labor market and ended up going through obstetric interventions without questioning their realization, and only half of the women in the study claimed to have received information about the procedure. The information provided by healthcare professionals on episiotomy conferred greater confidence to mothers. However, only few patients received knowledge in this way.

Conclusion: knowledge about episiotomy is important for women, enabling them to express their freedom of opinion to comply or reject its realization.

Published
Mar 3, 2016
How to Cite
SOUSA, Antonia Lívia Rodrigues et al. Meanings Assigned by Puerperal Women to Episiotomy. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, mar. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1493>. Date accessed: 22 nov. 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/1890.
Section
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Keywords

Puerperium; Episiotomy; Vaginal Birth; Nursing.

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